In-person voting will take place on at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27. CustomerCare CarWash. 311B W. Lee St., Greensboro.
2) What if I can't vote in person on Saturday, June 27?
Paid 2014-15 TABJ Members who cannot vote in-person may do so online during the absentee voting period determined by the 2014-15 Board. Those who need an absentee ballot must contact TriadABJ@gmail.com. They will receive further instructions for absentee voting.
3) Can I nominate candidates?
Yes. Please nominate candidates for office by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at http://bit.ly/tabj2015nods. When nominations close, TABJ will contact the nominees and finalize the ballots for online and in-person voting.
4) Who can vote?
Full and associate members of TABJ from the 2014-15 period can vote.
Student members cannot vote. According to the TABJ Constitution and By-Laws, “Student Members are not allowed to vote, hold office, or chair committees; provided, however, the Student Member appointed to the Board of Directors, known as the Student Representative, shall be entitled to vote on matters before the Board in the same manner as other directors.” (TABJ Constitution and By-Laws | Article 3: Membership - 3.1.c)
5) What positions are available on the Board of Directors? What are each officer’s duties?
The positions and duties are as follows:
- The President shall be the chief executive office of TABJ and preside over meetings.
- The Vice President of Print will perform duties set by the Board.
- The Vice President of Broadcast will perform duties set by the Board.
- The Treasurer has primary responsibility of the budget. The Treasurer files monthly and annual financial reports.
- The Secretary is responsible for preparing the meeting minutes and authenticating records. (Article 6: Officers – 6.1 and 6.4)
- The Parliamentarian shall possess knowledge of the TABJ By-Laws, any other rules and act as sergeant-at-arms at meetings.
- The Student Representative must be a TABJ Student Member and shall be entitled to vote on matters before the Board in the same manner as other directors. (Article 6: Officers – 6.1 and 6.4)
6) Who can be a candidate?
Anyone who had been a paid 2014-15 member for at least six (6) months can become a candidate for office. (Article 6: Officers – 6.2)
Full members can run for:
- Vice President of Print
- Vice President of Broadcast
- N./A. Cannot enter election. The Board may appoint a Student Representative.
7) Must TABJ officers be NABJ members, as well?
Yes. All members of the TABJ board, whether full, associate or student members, must be NABJ members, at the time of chapter renewal (December). This is an NABJ requirement.
8) Who can run for President and Vice President?
Full members can run for all positions. Only full members of both NABJ and TABJ can run for President, Vice President of Print and Vice President of Broadcast. Associate members may not run for those positions. The 2014-15 associate members are marked by a single asterisk (*) on the TABJ website: http://triadabj.weebly.com/membership.html.
9) What positions can associate members hold on the Board?
Associate members can only be elected as the Secretary or Treasurer. The Board can appoint an associate member to be Parliamentarian. The 2014-15 associate members are marked by a single asterisk (*) on the TABJ website: http://triadabj.weebly.com/membership.html. (Article 3: Membership – 3.1.b)
10) How long is the term for Board members?
The term is for one (1) calendar year. (Article 6: Officers – 6.2)
11) Important, annual dates for the Board to remember:
- June 30-Nov. 15 | TABJ must file its 990-EZ e-postcard with the IRS to maintain its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- July. 1 | TABJ’s new year starts
- Dec. 1 | NABJ professional audit chapter is due
12) How can I become a member of TABJ?
- Pay membership online at http://triadabj.weebly.com/membership.html.
- Print out the membership application form at http://triadabj.weebly.com/membership.html. Fill out the application and mail it with payment to Triad Association of Black Journalists, P.O. Box 532, Colfax, N.C. 27235.
- Deliver the application and payment in person at TABJ meetings or events.
- $40. Full membership. Full members include writers, reporters, editors, photographers, columnists and freelancers who earn a majority of their income from freelance activity. Full members have the right to vote, hold office, chair committees and serve all positions on the TABJ board.
- $30. Associate membership. These members work in academia, media sales and public relations. They have the same rights as full members, except they can only be elected as the Secretary or Treasurer, or appointed by the Board as Parliamentarian.
- $15. Student membership. Full- and part-time students cannot vote, chair committees or hold office, except that of the Student Representative, who is appointed by the Board. (Article 3: Membership)